Providence Medical Center announces hiring of new CEO

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Providence Medical Center’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Danielle (Danni) Gearhart, as the new Chief Executive Officer for Providence Medical Center.

The hospital partnered with recruiting agency, Seim Johnson to do an extensive search for the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After a thorough recruitment process, PMC welcome Danielle (Danni) Gearhart as Chief Executive Officer. 

She is the former CEO of Cozad Community Health System and is originally from Oelwein, Iowa.

“There were many strong candidates for this position, but Danni fit the overall package of what we were seeking in a CEO. With her experience and expertise, we are confident she will lead us in continuing to be the Hospital and Employer of Choice in Northeast Nebraska.” said Director of Human Resources, McKayla Thege.

The senior executive has over 18 years of experience in various settings including not-for-profit, community, critical access hospitals, medical practice, and long-term care operations. 

“The PMC Board of Directors is excited to welcome Danielle Gearhart to our team and community.  Danni has a wealth of CEO experience both with multiple critical care rural hospitals in the Midwest, including Nebraska.  We had many strong candidates for this position, showing the vibrancy and health of PMC.  We are confident Mrs. Gearhart will be a great fit with our staff, providers, and communities.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the hiring process, especially the PMC staff and providers.  The Board is very excited for the future of our hospital.” said Matt Ley, President of the PMC Board of Directors.   

“I am impressed with how committed the board, the medical staff, and the staff of PMC are to the healthcare of our community. I am excited for this opportunity to work with and serve the exceptional team at Providence Medical Center and build on our strong foundation as we evolve to support the future needs of the community.” -Danni Gearhart, CEO.

Gearhart assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Providence Medical Center effective Aug. 1. 

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For more than 40 years, Providence Medical Center (PMC) has been recognized as a leader in providing extraordinary rural healthcare to over 15,000 individuals and families in Northeast Nebraska. Located in Wayne, NE the Medical Center offers 21 spacious patient rooms including 2 OB suites, 2 critical care rooms and 1 hospice family room. 

The Medical Center also offers nearly 20 different specialty physician services through the Outpatient Clinic and performs 15,000 procedures annually utilizing Providence’s laboratory, imaging, and surgical services. In addition to these services, PMC is home to several highly developed behavior health, rehabilitation therapy and wellness programs. 

Providence Medical Center employs more than 200 individuals, making it one of the major employers in Wayne and the surrounding rural communities. This team of professionals is committed to carry out PMC’s mission of providing quality healthcare in the Spirit of Christ. 

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